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South East Asia Part 2: KUL-DPS With MH

Wed Aug 31, 2011 8:43 pm

Hello Again,

This trip report will be the second in a series of five, covering my recent holiday to South East Asia. The routing was NCL-DXB-KUL-DPS-SIN-HKG-DXB-NCL – with Emirates, Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia and Jetstar Asia.

You can find Part 1 of this series here:
South East Asia Part 1: NCL-DXB-KUL With EK (by Lap747 Aug 30 2011 in Trip Reports)

This second report will be focusing on the KUL-DPS flight with Malaysia Airlines.



Background

After 3 fantastic days in Kuala Lumpur, it was time to move on to our next destination – Bali, Indonesia. We had a choice of three airlines when booking the flight – AirAsia, Garuda Indonesia and Malaysia Airlines. We initially were going to choose AirAsia due to the low fares, however I noticed that MH were offering good prices, that were only a little over that of AirAsia. The price of GA was a bit too expensive. My family agreed to this and we booked up for MH851, the midday flight flown by the B734.

Denpasar Ngurah Rai International Airport is Indonesia’s third busiest after Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport and Surabaya’s Juanda International Airport.


With our hotel being in Kuala Lumpur City Centre, the easiest way to get to the airport was to take the subway to KL Sentral and then get the KLIA Express to the airport. This would be quicker than trying to take a taxi through the city centre at 9 in the morning, due to Kuala Lumpur’s highly congested streets!


On the subway from KLCC to KL Sentral

It didn’t take long to get to KL Sentral.


Heading for the KLIA Express

When we arrived at the ticketing area for the train, I was surprised to see an area that looked like an airport. I went over to have a look and sure enough, they were check-in desks. It is very convenient to be able to get rid of your bags at the train station rather than taking them on the train to the airport yourself.   


Malaysia Airlines Office


Check in desk

If I remember correctly, you could check in for EK, CX and MH at the station. Can't remember if there were any others, maybe someone can help me out?


On the way to KLIA


Arriving in good time


FIDS


DPS here I come!

There was a lot of time to kill in the airport before my flight, so I decided to take a trip to the viewing area.




Not quite sure what this was?


9M-MQB


One of the newer B738’s – 9M-MXA delivered in November 2010, I was hoping to fly on one of these as they have the Sky Interior; but only the B734’s fly to DPS along with a daily B772 and A330

Some more views –




Truly ASEAN special colours for this AirAsia A320


MU A320 B-6371, MH B772 9M-MRE and an MI A320




Cargo Area


9M-MQA


A couple of MH A330’s resting

As the time was getting on, I headed through security and into the departure hall.


Some more models


Looking down the terminal building

I then went to get something to eat in ‘Oldtown White Coffee’ where the views of the tarmac were just as good as the viewing area.


MH B734 9M-MMQ


Silkair A320 9V-SLG


Looking over to the LCCT with an A333 in a special colour scheme

Before I knew it, it was time to head down to gate G4 for my 1205 flight.

Sunday 7th August 2011

MH851

Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL/WMKK) – Denpasar Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS/WADD)
Departure Time – 1205
Arrival Time – 1505
Duration – 3 hours
Aircraft – Boeing 737-4H6 / 9M-MMX / Built in 1993
Seat – 15B


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The screen outside G4, with the flight to SGN changing gate numbers

Upon entering the gate, everyone had to go through security screening again. We then proceeded down to the holding area where boarding was announced soon after.


Looking down the airbridge


9M-MMX was operating today’s flight – an 18 year old B734.


Seated in 15B


TG B772

Pushback was on time, and we made our way to runway 14R for what seemed quite a powerful takeoff.


Climbing

After this we entered some thick cloud for around 10 minutes, and had some quite heavy turbulence.


Can’t see much!  
Signs of wear and tear due to the age of the aircraft

Soon the meal service commenced, the choice was either chicken or fish and I managed to get the very last chicken meal!




The meal tasted very good! It was spicy chicken with coconut rice and a fruity vegetable side.

Around 20 minutes later everything was cleared away and the duty free followed shortly after.


I bought a B772 in the Freedom Of Space colours 




Some views out the window, with a couple of volcanoes in the distance... we must be over Indonesia now!

The captain made a PA saying we were going to be commencing our descent and smooth weather conditions on the descent were expected along with sunshine and 29 degrees in DPS this afternoon.


Fully configured for landing

We made a smooth touchdown on runway 09.


Lots of tails!




Arrived at the gate a little early, wonderful weather to begin a relaxing 6 days in Bali!


Looking back from the airbridge


One last shot

With us parking at the far end of the terminal building I was able to get some good photos while walking through to immigration.


CX B773 heading back to HKG


Welcome to Bali!






BR A332 B-16306 arriving from TPE


CI A333 B-18391 getting ready to head back to Taiwan. This A333 is only a few months old, it was delivered on the 16th March 2011 and is leased to CI from VS.


Another welcome! 

Now for the fun part... immigration...

Upon arrival into Indonesia, most foreign travellers have to get a visa on arrival which costs USD$25 per person. After getting this, you then have to queue for passport control. Due to two other flights arriving at the same time as ours, it became very busy and took well over an hour to get through the immigration process.    I think DPS need to upgrade the facilities to make it faster during peak times!

When we finally got through, our bags had already been taken off the belt and had been put to one side, we then headed out the terminal to get a taxi.


Outside the terminal


View towards the terminal and control tower

We found a taxi no problem and went to our hotel in the resort of Sanur. The drive to the hotel was interesting, as there seems to be no rules on the road in Indonesia! At least not compared to the UK! It was quite scary yet fun at the same time, and the amount of mopeds on the road is unbelievable, along with all the things people have on them, such as little shops, food and books!
Nevertheless, we arrived within 30 minutes and began an enjoyable 6 days in Bali 

Thanks for reading, part 3 to follow next which will cover the flight from DPS to SIN with AirAsia.

Lap747
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RE: South East Asia Part 2: KUL-DPS With MH

Wed Aug 31, 2011 11:55 pm

Looks like your flight with MH was pretty good. Hope you're enjoying your Asian adventure!
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RE: South East Asia Part 2: KUL-DPS With MH

Thu Sep 01, 2011 12:18 am

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):

Yes, I enjoyed my flight with MH, would definitely fly them again if I got the chance.  

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RE: South East Asia Part 2: KUL-DPS With MH

Thu Sep 01, 2011 3:30 am

Hi Lap747!

Thanks for this intriguing insight into a rarely featured route and on MH's B734 aircraft nonetheless! LOL@ the 'A380 Meeting Room'! I find MH's presentation of meals in those long-ish boxes quite unique, especially when its contents include a hot meal! Somehow I'd like my meals on a tray. What do you think? The 772 model you've bought is just beautiful!

Seems like a great start to your wonderful holiday in Bali!

Great TR and nice photos! thanks for sharing!
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RE: South East Asia Part 2: KUL-DPS With MH

Thu Sep 01, 2011 6:08 am

Hi Lap747,

nice little report about your trip to DPS!

Quoting Lap747 (Thread starter):
The meal tasted very good! It was spicy chicken with coconut rice and a fruity vegetable side.

That looks quite good.

Quoting Lap747 (Thread starter):
I bought a B772 in the Freedom Of Space colours

Good choice, probably the most beautiful 777 ever.


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RE: South East Asia Part 2: KUL-DPS With MH

Thu Sep 01, 2011 7:56 am

Hi Luke,

Thank you for posting the DPS part this soon. I have been waiting for this.

Quoting Lap747 (Thread starter):
It is very convenient to be able to get rid of your bags at the train station rather than taking them on the train to the airport yourself.   

Very smart move. The check-in service was not yet available when I was there in 2004.

Quoting Lap747 (Thread starter):
so I decided to take a trip to the viewing area

Is that an open air viewing area?

Quoting Lap747 (Thread starter):
It was spicy chicken with coconut rice and a fruity vegetable side

You really make me hungry.

Quoting Lap747 (Thread starter):
it became very busy and took well over an hour to get through the immigration process.   

Sad but true.  
I hope the airport authority will speed up terminal revitalization project.


Thanks again for sharing. Your report brings back the nice memories of last year.

Best wishes,
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RE: South East Asia Part 2: KUL-DPS With MH

Thu Sep 01, 2011 8:26 am

Hi Luke,

great report on your flight to DPS on MH. Especially since next month we're also taking this routing and airline combo ourselves!

Quoting Lap747 (Thread starter):
My family agreed to this and we booked up for MH851, the midday flight flown by the B734.

... but we are on the A333 which should be in the new config afaik. Really looking forward to that actually. The last daily flight is B772 then?

Quoting Lap747 (Thread starter):
Upon entering the gate, everyone had to go through security screening again.

So you had security twice? That's specifically for Indonesia bound flights maybe?

Quoting Lap747 (Thread starter):
Signs of wear and tear due to the age of the aircraft

Well, I've seen much better 737-400's of same age, but o wear and tear. It seems MH doesn't care too much about it.

Quoting Lap747 (Thread starter):
The meal tasted very good! It was spicy chicken with coconut rice and a fruity vegetable side.

Looks good!

Quoting Lap747 (Thread starter):
Upon arrival into Indonesia, most foreign travellers have to get a visa on arrival which costs USD$25 per person. After getting this, you then have to queue for passport control.

If you had bought a visa in advance (at the embassy in the UK), would it speed up the process a lot or doesn't it make much sense?

Quoting Lap747 (Thread starter):
We found a taxi no problem and went to our hotel in the resort of Sanur.

Good to know. We're also in Sanur for a while, definitely 'fasten your seatbelts' for the last 30 minutes then  

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RE: South East Asia Part 2: KUL-DPS With MH

Thu Sep 01, 2011 8:33 am

Hi Lap747,

Nice follow-ip story after your EK adventure. Good choice with MH and flying this old school 734 into DPS!

Quoting Lap747 (Thread starter):
It is very convenient to be able to get rid of your bags at the train station rather than taking them on the train to the airport yourself.

Very convenient indeed and good to bypass the queues at the terminal checkin.

Quoting Lap747 (Thread starter):
Check in desk

Love the translation!

Quoting Lap747 (Thread starter):
B734’s fly to DPS along with a daily B772 and A330

And you did not go for a widebody? Maybe because of bad timings?

Quoting Lap747 (Thread starter):
and the amount of mopeds on the road is unbelievable

Ever been to Vietnam?

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RE: South East Asia Part 2: KUL-DPS With MH

Thu Sep 01, 2011 10:54 am

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 3):

Hi RvXKaz, thanks for the feedback!

I quite like the presentation of the meals, and while I know what you mean about them coming on trays, it didn't really bother me too much.  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):

Hi PlaneHunter, many thanks for the comments,

The meal did taste very good, I was quite surprised and I agree, the B772 in Freedom Of Space colours looks fantastic, but I believe they don't have 9M-MRD painted like that anymore?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 5):
Is that an open air viewing area?

Hi Suryo, thanks for the reply  

No, the viewing area is indoors, but it is mostly all glass so offers good views.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 5):
The check-in service was not yet available when I was there in 2004.

So it must be relatively new   Its a great idea, and I noticed that they do it in HKG aswell when I was there, TR to follow for that!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 5):
I hope the airport authority will speed up terminal revitalization project.

So there are plans to upgrade the terminal building? To be honest, it really is needed!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 6):
The last daily flight is B772 then?

Hi Eric, thanks for the comments,

Yes the last flight when I went was a B772, however just looking at MH's website it looks like it might have been changed back to a B734.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 6):
So you had security twice? That's specifically for Indonesia bound flights maybe?

Security screening was done twice, I'm not sure if it is only for Indonesia bound flights, but every gate around mine had the extra security screening aswell.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 6):
If you had bought a visa in advance (at the embassy in the UK), would it speed up the process a lot or doesn't it make much sense?

I'm not sure if buying a visa in advance would have sped it up any more, the longest queue was actually for the passport control rather than getting the visa.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 7):
Nice follow-ip story after your EK adventure. Good choice with MH and flying this old school 734 into DPS!

Hi Sultanils, thanks for the feedback,

Yes, flying the MH B734 was a good experience, adding a new airline and aircraft type to my list!  
Quoting Sultanils (Reply 7):
And you did not go for a widebody? Maybe because of bad timings?

We went for the midday flight, the A333 was early morning and the B772 was in the evening.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 7):
Ever been to Vietnam?

Haha, no I haven't, but I've heard the mopeds there are even more interesting!

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RE: South East Asia Part 2: KUL-DPS With MH

Thu Sep 01, 2011 2:25 pm

The best thing to do for arrival into DPS or CGK is to reserve the "arrival" service - somebody will be waiting for you airside (as soon as you exit the airbridge) and they will escort you through both the visa and passport lines. These guys go straight to the front of the line - from memory it cost me $30 when I did this in July and it was well worth it (I coming from a TG 744 from BKK and the lines were huge). I was out of the airport within 15 minutes, so it was certainly worth it. The hotels can organise the service or there is probably some information online about it
 
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RE: South East Asia Part 2: KUL-DPS With MH

Thu Sep 01, 2011 5:25 pm

That double security thing at KUL is for all flights, regardless of destination

Nice report. I suppose the 734's are slowly leaving the fleet in favour of the 800.
 
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RE: South East Asia Part 2: KUL-DPS With MH

Thu Sep 01, 2011 5:39 pm

Quoting Lap747 (Reply 8):
the B772 in Freedom Of Space colours looks fantastic, but I believe they don't have 9M-MRD painted like that anymore?

No, it was already repainted three years ago.


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RE: South East Asia Part 2: KUL-DPS With MH

Fri Sep 02, 2011 4:38 pm

Quoting ISTGRU (Reply 9):

Hi ISTGRU, thanks for the feedback,
I didn't know about the arrival service, but it definitely sounds like its worth the money!

Quoting joffie (Reply 10):
I suppose the 734's are slowly leaving the fleet in favour of the 800.

Hi joffie,
Yes, the B734's are being replaced by the B738's.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 11):
No, it was already repainted three years ago.

That's a shame, it was a great looking aircraft!

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RE: South East Asia Part 2: KUL-DPS With MH

Sun Sep 04, 2011 8:58 pm

Hi

Nice continuation of your trip report series. Always nice to see a classic narrowbody aircraft on such a route.
The meals look impressive as well.

Looking forward to the next

Greetings
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RE: South East Asia Part 2: KUL-DPS With MH

Sun Sep 04, 2011 9:16 pm

Nice report and pictures, thanks for sharing.

Food looks pretty decent for this short flight.

Looking forward to flying MH myself next year.

Cheers

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RE: South East Asia Part 2: KUL-DPS With MH

Mon Sep 05, 2011 9:51 am

Hi Luke!

Thanks for a very nice report with nice pictures !

I visited Bali in 1999 for a few days and had a great time, I flew there on TG AB6 from BKK and back to KUL on MH 777 and I had a great flights on both TG and MH.

I think I also stayed at Sanur and I also remember the long lines trhu passport control so it seems that has not changed. From what I remember, the terminal was very nice Indonesian style with lots of wood everywhere.

Meal looks good and nice that you added another type for your log.

Thanks for the aircraft pictures ! Much appreciated for a spotter like me !

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RE: South East Asia Part 2: KUL-DPS With MH

Mon Sep 05, 2011 11:39 am

Thanks for the comments!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 14):
Looking forward to flying MH myself next year.

What route are you flying them on?

Quoting The777Man (Reply 15):
the terminal was very nice Indonesian style with lots of wood everywhere.

Nothings changed since 1999 then! Its still the same and I have to agree it was quite a nice terminal, although it does look dated at times.

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RE: South East Asia Part 2: KUL-DPS With MH

Mon Sep 05, 2011 4:22 pm

Quoting Lap747 (Thread starter):
With our hotel being in Kuala Lumpur City Centre, the easiest way to get to the airport was to take the subway to KL Sentral and then get the KLIA Express to the airport. This would be quicker than trying to take a taxi through the city centre at 9 in the morning, due to Kuala Lumpur’s highly congested streets!

Traffic in KLCC/Bukit Bintang area isn't that bad at 9am actually and KL Sentral can be reached in about 15 minutes  
Quoting Lap747 (Thread starter):
Not quite sure what this was?

The A380 meeting room sign has been there since 2005 or 2006, if my memory serves me correctly.

Quoting Lap747 (Thread starter):
When we arrived at the ticketing area for the train, I was surprised to see an area that looked like an airport. I went over to have a look and sure enough, they were check-in desks. It is very convenient to be able to get rid of your bags at the train station rather than taking them on the train to the airport yourself.

Indeed it is and only people with a valid KLIA Express train ticket may use the check-in service there.

Quoting Lap747 (Thread starter):
Upon entering the gate, everyone had to go through security screening again. We then proceeded down to the holding area where boarding was announced soon after.
Quoting airbuseric (Reply 6):
So you had security twice? That's specifically for Indonesia bound flights maybe?

This is a standard procedure for all international bound flight from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

Quoting akhmad (Reply 5):
Very smart move. The check-in service was not yet available when I was there in 2004.

The KLIA Express service started in 2002 and i seem to remember that they already provided such service back then. Not too sure though.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 6):
... but we are on the A333 which should be in the new config afaik. Really looking forward to that actually. The last daily flight is B772 then?

It will be on the old 333 with 42 seats in C and 250 seats in Y. The Y class features 34" of seat pitch and really makes all the difference. Shame that the new 333 only features 32" of seat pitch in Y   

Quoting Lap747 (Reply 8):
I quite like the presentation of the meals, and while I know what you mean about them coming on trays, it didn't really bother me too much.

People in this part of the world hate it though  
Quoting Lap747 (Reply 8):
So it must be relatively new Its a great idea, and I noticed that they do it in HKG aswell when I was there, TR to follow for that!

Not really new actually. They have been offering this service for quite a long time but only passengers flying MH, EK, CX and BI can check-in there.

The one in HKG is the BEST! They have check-in counters for all airlines flying in and out of HKG!   

Nice report, by the way. Glad to hear that you enjoyed your flight on MAS. Hope you had a wonderful time in Malaysia and will come back again in the future  

[Edited 2011-09-05 09:25:22]
 
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RE: South East Asia Part 2: KUL-DPS With MH

Mon Sep 05, 2011 10:38 pm

Thanks for your comments, TreeHillRavens!

Quoting TreeHillRavens (Reply 17):
KL Sentral can be reached in about 15 minutes

It must only be in the evening when the traffic is bad then. When we arrived into KL at 5pm it took us around 1 and a half hours to get from KL Sentral to our hotel in KLCC!

Quoting TreeHillRavens (Reply 17):
only passengers flying MH, EK, CX and BI can check-in there.

Ah right, I thought only some airlines could check in - couldn't remember which ones though.

Quoting TreeHillRavens (Reply 17):
The one in HKG is the BEST! They have check-in counters for all airlines flying in and out of HKG!

Yeah I noticed that they had all the airlines when I was in HKG, I think checking in at the train station is a great idea, something that other airports around the world should consider!

Quoting TreeHillRavens (Reply 17):
Hope you had a wonderful time in Malaysia and will come back again in the future

I had a great time in KL, would love to come back and visit Malaysia again 

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RE: South East Asia Part 2: KUL-DPS With MH

Tue Sep 13, 2011 2:26 am

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 3):
I find MH's presentation of meals in those long-ish boxes quite unique, especially when its contents include a hot meal! Somehow I'd like my meals on a tray.

Well, an airline that holds itself out to be a 5-star carrier should at least uphold cetain standards, eh? Plastic fork/spoon? That's a big no-no for 5-star. And KUL-DPS isn't domestic, and it's a good 3 hours!

Of course,MH's spin on this is: such meal boxes can be taken off the plane if the pax wished to consume it later! (Very true, no doubt)

Quoting TreeHillRavens (Reply 17):
Indeed it is and only people with a valid KLIA Express train ticket may use the check-in service there.

It's enough for me to add that if you approach the check in counters at KL Sentral, they'll first ask to see your KLIA Ekspres Rail ticket. If you haven't got it, they'll tell you to go over to the ticketing machine/counter (nearby) to buy one.

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